New York, NY — March 3, 2022 —WeWork Inc. (NYSE: WE) announced today a partnership with the UN Refugee Agency, through which WeWork will support refugee efforts in Eastern Europe. WeWork is providing workspace for the UN Refugee Agency to operate its business, and is also providing free space across Warsaw, Stockholm, Prague, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Brussels to displaced businesses and nonprofit organizations helping with relief efforts. Through this effort, WeWork is opening its doors in five countries, six cities and 14 locations to displaced businesses that are in need of immediate assistance and to nonprofit organizations that are making a difference.
In addition, WeWork is organizing various actions its employees can take individually or collectively to further support Ukraine within its global network of locations and markets. Specifically, WeWork employees are empowered to host local drives to collect necessary emergency supplies with various partners, and to work to support the UN Refugee Agency in its fundraising efforts for critical needs in Eastern Europe.
“At WeWork, our core values are meant to drive us not only in our work, but also in the compassion we show to others,” said Sandeep Mathrani, CEO of WeWork. “We stand in solidarity with Ukraine and are humbled to work with the UN Refugee Agency to provide support and aid to those impacted by the devastating situation.”
“The speed of developments in Ukraine is simply staggering, as well over half a million people have fled their homes in less than a week. We are incredibly grateful to WeWork for its ongoing support of displaced people, both as an organization and as individuals,” said Emma Cherniavsky, CEO of the UN Refugee Agency of UK. “WeWork’s support now will help UNHCR teams in Ukraine and in neighboring countries to scale up their work, providing essential practical supplies like sleeping bags, hygiene materials and baby kits, psychological support, and supporting authorities as they welcome and register people forced to flee Ukraine.”
Companies interested in learning more about the available free space in Eastern Europe can find more information here. To be eligible, a company must be a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping with relief efforts in the region, or an impacted displaced business.
WeWork (NYSE: WE) was founded in 2010 with the vision to create environments where people and companies come together and do their best work. Since then, we’ve become one of the leading global flexible space providers committed to delivering technology-driven turnkey solutions, flexible spaces, and community experiences. For more information about WeWork, please visit us at wework.com.
About UN Refugee Agency
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, leads international action to protect people forced to flee their homes because of conflict and persecution. Thanks to voluntary contributions from supporters and partnerships, UNHCR teams can deliver life-saving assistance like shelter, food and water, help safeguard fundamental human rights, and ensure people have a safe place to call home where they can build a better future. UNHCR also works to ensure that stateless people are granted a nationality.